CORE Literacy Services

Our Approach

CORE’s reading, writing, and language professional learning services provide Pre-K-12 schools with a framework to implement evidence-based reading and writing instructional strategies based on the Science of Reading

Through our Literacy Services, we help teachers to:

  • Develop knowledge
  • Build skills
  • Sustain change

CORE also works with school leaders to help them support teachers and create a professional learning culture that fosters high achievement.

CORE’s approach comprises well-structured courses, coaching, modeling, and mentoring — offered onsite or remotely.

The Science of Reading

The Science of Reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research on reading and writing developed by the Defining Movement Coalition.

This research has been conducted worldwide over the last five decades and derives from thousands of studies in multiple languages. The Science of Reading explains: 

  • How proficient reading and writing develop.
  • Why some learners have difficulty with reading.
  • How to assess and improve student outcomes through solutions for students with reading difficulties.

CORE’s reading, writing, and language professional learning services provide preK-12 schools with a framework to implement evidence-based reading and writing instructional strategies based on the Science of Reading. 

CORE helps educators build and sustain knowledge and skills through well-structured courses, coaching, modeling, and mentoring. Courses and other professional learning support can be offered online or in person.

Meet Our Literacy Experts

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck
Carrie Thomas Beck

Director of Literacy | CORE Learning

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck is CORE’s Director of Literacy. She comes to CORE after working four years as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Carrie has led the development of a reading endorsement program at the university and spent five years at the university co-directing the Oregon Reading First Center, a federally funded center that partnered with ODE to provide technical support in the area of early literacy to fifty elementary schools throughout the state of Oregon.

Expertise in Literacy

Cris Goldy
Cris Goldy

Director, Education Services | CORE Learning

Cris Goldy is a Senior Educational Services Manager with CORE. Cris provides services to schools, districts and agencies to support effective program implementation, multi-tiered systems of support, special education and special programs support, strategic improvement plans, instructional leadership, teacher development, training and coaching. Her specialties are administrative leadership, K-2 literacy, interventions and special education.

Expertise in Literacy

Dr. Dale Webster
Dale Webster

Vice President of Language & Literacy | CORE Learning

Dale Webster is CORE’s Vice President of Language & Literacy. He leads the Educational Services division and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, training, and quality control of CORE’s educational consulting and management staff. Dale brings 20 years of experience in teaching, professional development/technical assistance, research, state-level policy work and administration, and curriculum development to schools and districts across the country.

Expertise in Literacy

Erica Hidalgo
Erica Hidalgo

Senior Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Erica Hidalgo is a Senior Educational Services Manager with CORE. She was a classroom teacher in both Texas and New Mexico before serving as an elementary school principal and curriculum director. Prior to working with CORE, Erica served as a curriculum director where she planned and coordinated ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities for administrators and teachers in both large urban and mid-sized rural school districts.

Expertise in Literacy

Get in touch

Contact CORE to learn more about our Literacy Services.